Originally Posted by ParkerParent
Thanks for all the advice. I think the button down and khaki colored pants maybe wouldn't look too great on me (I mean, imagine my skinny doppelgänger Al Pacino wearing that), and for the same reason I'm unsure about Brooks Brothers. It is maybe too American looking for smallish Mediterranean-looking me.
I do like the idea of not dragging my wife along.
That leaves me maybe with Barneys but I am afraid I'll end up looking foolishly wannabe fashionable.
Should I go hire a stylist or personal shopper? Or spend lots of time looking through middle-aged-men fashion sites and blogs for ideas? Is there such a thing? Any suggestions welcome for either.
Well, you don't need a personal stylist, and honestly, and decent shop, their are personal shoppers, and any boutique, a good proprietor will help you out, though they often have their personal biases.
Where are you based? If you are in LA, NYC, SF, or Chicago, or some place like that, you are in luck. Otherwise, if might be more hit-and-miss.
I'll tell you what? I can just make a few recommendations for things that you can get online, though for a brand new beginner, I really do think that trying on in store is a really good idea, since you don't have as much experience with sizing, judging, etc... the way you do with tailored clothing. If you end up getting a bunch of what you really like, you can send me a nice cardholder or something if you feel so inclined.
I am going to stick to places I know that have exemplary shipping and free returns, since you may need those. For me, villified though it is, Mr. Porter and Matches Fashion are chief among those, with Mr, Porter having the benefit of being stateside.
Isaia pindot shirt
Dries van noten: http://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/dries_van_noten/corbin-slim-fit-cotton-poplin-shirt/677181?ppv=2
Steven Alan: http://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/steven_alan/cotton-moleskin-shirt-jacket/586583?ppv=2
Levis Vintage Clothing: http://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/levis_vintage_clothing/1967-505-slim-fit-selvedge-denim-jeans/661018?ppv=2